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Channel Master 3414

4-output RF distribution amplifier

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by Steve Kindig

Channel Master's 3414 is a compact, versatile RF distribution amplifier designed for indoor use with coaxial cables. It lets you distribute amplified antenna or cable TV signals to as many as four TVs without the signal degradation caused by splitters.

The 3414 can improve reception whether the problem is weak signal strength at your antenna, or loss of signal quality due to a long cable run. Unlike the inexpensive boosters you find in hardware stores, the 3414 is a "bi-directional" design that provides a return signal path for use with a cable box or cable modem (return signal is not amplified). The included AC power supply connects to the 3414 via a short length of coax cable, which is also included.

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Highlights:

  • compatible with antenna and cable TV signals
  • cable company approved for digital cable, HDTV, and high-speed Internet
  • bi-directional for digital services
  • amplifier gain: 8 dB
  • operating frequency range: 54-1002 MHz
  • return path frequency range: 5-42 MHz (for cable modem applications)
  • 75-ohm impedance
  • noise: 2.7 dB
  • six F-type coaxial connectors (1 input, 4 output, 1 power)
  • included AC power supply provides power to amplifier via coaxial cable connection (cable included)
  • 6000-volt surge protection
  • weather-sealed housing resists corrosion
  • 4-7/16"W x 1-1/4"H x 4-5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • RG-6 cable is recommended

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  • RF amplifier (+8dB/1 input-4 outputs)
  • AC/DC adapter (DC Output: 15V/250mA)
  • 6' Coaxial cable
  • Installation Instructions

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master by PCT Model 3414 RF amplifier has a single input and four outputs. Unlike most conventional amplifiers, it has a passive return path which allows it to be used with a cable modem. The +8dB gain gives you a strong and balanced signal. The unit is powered using the included AC/DC adapter. The unit features weather-sealed housings for superior corrosion performance.

Bandwidth: The 3414 has an operating frequency of 54 to 1002 MHz with a passive return path bandwidth of 5 to 42 MHz. The amplifier supports both analog and digital broadcast signals, as well as HDTV and CATV distribution.

Inputs and Outputs:

  • DC 15V/250mA Input: threaded coax input for use with supplied AC/DC power supply
  • Cable Input: threaded coax input, used to connect your cable or antenna lead
  • Outputs: 4 threaded coax outputs, each with a +8dB gain

Dimensions: Width=4.433", Height=4.308", Depth=1.237"

 
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5 out of 5

Works Great

Written By Brian, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, July 14, 2014
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Works like a charm! I went from zero channels, at 60 feet away from antenna, to 40 channels on all of my televisions. Beautiful picture, much better than cable.
Pros:
easy to install
Cons:
none so far
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5 out of 5

did the job

Written By steve, rochester mn. on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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good quality product .clear signal ,did the job
Pros:
as advertised
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Channel Master Distribution Amp

Written By GoldDog, Marion, IL on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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Works great, supplies the signal from an antenna about 50 ft away to 4 TVs throughout my house.
Pros:
Works as advertised
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

as advertised

Written By CSW, Frisco, TX on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Placed it in the "home run" box in my game room so I could split my antenna signal to several rooms (most importantly my garage) because in did not want to pay extra for another box to go in the garage. All connected tv's added 15-20 channels over using standard splitter. LOVE the fact that power is run through coax so you can choose any length you need. Thinking seriously about adding another (non-splitter type) right at the antenna because Im sure that would improve the signal much more since it amplifies a stronger signal. The fact that you can run power through existing coax cables is genius because I can simply plug another up in the same place and use this coax to run power up to the antenna. Great product. Far cheaper than the ripoff of cable....
Pros:
Ease of use smart power supply
Cons:
Doesn't make dinner
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 3414

Written By Anonymous, Orlando FL on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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This product works as advertised.
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5 out of 5

This Product is well worth the money!

Written By JohnW, Fayetteville, NC on Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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All's I can say is I went from 11 in and out channels to 34 clear and constant channels . I will never pay another cable again.
Pros:
I already said it, and installation was a breeze, took all but five minutes.
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

Channel master 3414

Written By Anonymous, Essington, PA on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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Works as advertised
Pros:
Actually works
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

The jury is still out

Written By KMinWhiteLake, White Lake, MI on Saturday, July 13, 2013
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I purchased this distribution amp to resolve a problem with intermittent drop-outs. The improvement was very slight if at all. With a directional, high-gain antenna, a rotor, a pre-amplifier and this distribution amplifier, drop-outs should be non-existant. I don't know if I've got another problem or this distribution amp is not functioning correctly. An email to Channel Master support went unanswered.
Pros:
Looks pretty.
Cons:
Doesn't seem to do much.
Crutchfield response on Monday, July 15, 2013
We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Anonymous, Mobile, AL on Friday, May 31, 2013
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Have this connected in my attic with a Channel Master 3010. Connected all the previous owner's direct tv cables to the signal amplifier and now I have free HDTV in multiple locations throughout the house. All without a cable/satellite bill.
Pros:
None
Cons:
Didn't come with an electrician to run a outlet in my attic. :) JK...I knew I would have to get this done when I bought it.
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 3414

Written By EricP, Berkeley Springs, WV on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Excellent product! We have some long cable tv runs resulting in some irritating snow. This amplified splitter is just what we were looking for and cleared our tv pictures beautifully! Easy hook-up and instant success! Also, kudos to Crutchfield for excellent service! The product was out-of-stock for some time. The Crutchfield team let me know as soon as it was available, I ordered it and it arrived in about 3 days, well packaged and in perfect condition. Worth waiting for! Highly recommend! Thank you!?
Pros:
Quality, well made product. Easy installation. Works very well for us!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 3414 4 output RF distribution amplifier

Written By Don, Knightdale, NC on Friday, March 09, 2012
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I needed an amplifier to feed my antenna to 4 different receivers. This was the answer and it worked with no signal over loading or any kind of enterference.
Pros:
Great amplifier with four outputs eliminating the need for a splitter. It gives a signal boost needed for longer cable runs.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Simple, works great

Written By Scott, Cleveland, OH on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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This is a very simple, well constructed device. If you use it for its intended purpose, the amp functions perfectly. It eliminated the noise, visible lines, and distortion of other low quality amps in my four TV home setup. This is a perfect amp for home or small business use. My setup was analog only, so I can't comment on digital signals, pass-through, etc.
Pros:
Small, solid build, clean and quiet power
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 3414

Written By MichaelD, Little River, TX on Sunday, August 14, 2011
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I have a two channel unit like this one. It has been super on boosting signal from 50 miles away. We needed to add two more tvs so we purchased a 4 output unit. Great amplifier.
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5 out of 5

Works like a champ!

Written By Joel, NC on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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installed at distribution box to boost signal from Channel Master 4228 antennae. Replaced passive splitter with this, increased the number of channels visible from 23 to 43, with very strong signal from stations 40 miles away...

It was easier to amplify at my distribution box than at the antennae which is why I bought this rather than other amplifiers.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Channel Master 3414

Written By TomB, Austin, Tx on Thursday, April 14, 2011
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This was just what I needed to allow me to increase the output to all four of my
TVs. I was unable to get a signal to three of my TVs before I put this unit in.
Thank you Crutchfield for all your help. Your price and fast shiping was great.
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5 out of 5

Antenna Signal Amplifier A+ Again

Written By David, Cedarville, NJ on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Upgrading from the channel master 3410 to the channel master 3414 was another great choice. We now have two HDTV's plus our older TV. I still get great reception. Plus we added a few more stations. Now we have a total of 33 channels. We can view different channels on all the TV's, at the same time and not lose any signal strength. Thanks Again Crutchfield for a great product.
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Want to boost cable service to several TV's about 60' from main entrance of cable. Cable also supports internet and telephone service. Using a multiple service modem from cable company to include phone. Will this unit work in my situation? [ Roger  Feb 09, 2014 ]
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  • This amplifier is intended for antenna signals. It works for over-the-air broadcast signals but I cannot make a recommendation for cable use. Channel Master's website states: Channel Master distribution amplifiers can be used in HDTV, CATV, off-air, analog and digital RF distribution applications where high performance and reliability are required. The CM 3414 is a high quality miniature four output digital TV amplifier with passive return, which means the distribution amplifier does not have any amplification for signals in the return path frequency range (5-42 MHz). This frequency range is used in cable telecommunications networks to allow cable modems and set top boxes to communicate back through the cable network. Passive return amplifiers are the most commonly used in-house distribution amplifiers by cable operators. Hope this helps. [ KEVIN   Feb 11, 2014 ]
  • I use the 3414 to boost my incoming over-air Antenna signal. It works great for that. I have a longer run and needed to install another one to reach that distance. Seems about every 100ft with an over air antenna. This should boost any signal but I'm not familiar with how the phone works with the cable system. Hope this helps in some way. [ Mark   Feb 10, 2014 ]
  • I just recently installed this at my place. We are running cable internet only but our signal coming in from the street was weaker than it should have been. The cable company tried to help boost the signal, but they stated because we weren't subscribed to cable TV also, they can only make the signal so strong (uh huh? yea right). So, I installed this and now we get a very strong internet signal, and we can get all the basic TV channels coming through the cable. An we have a few splitters too. In a nut shell, it worked really well on our weak signal, and the internet hasn't dropped since. Plus, it's only $40 bucks. that's not much of a risk. [ STEVE   Feb 10, 2014 ]
  • I am not familiar with cable service. My application for the distribution amplifier is to feed the signal from a regular off the air TV antenna to 4 TVs in the house. It definitely made a big difference compared to using just a regular splitter. [ Esteban   Feb 10, 2014 ]
  • I used 2way splitter to drive phone modem, then remaining tap directly to the Channel Master amp. Each output of the Amp goes to a separate TV, some 60' or more from the TV amp. Results are excellent. I have marginal signal strength coming into the house. [ Charles   Feb 10, 2014 ]

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